Government to Gross Out Smokers With Disgusting Imagery
Seriously? Does anyone think that placing disgusting pictures on a pack of cigarettes will get people to quit? They'll pay attention to those images about as much as they pay attention to ads on TV. They'll just mentally DVR them, open the pack and suck down yet another cancer stick.
The Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services are out with a collection of nasty images they want placed on cigarette packaging. It's the first proposed change in 25 years. There's stoma guy. Smoke in baby's face. Dead guy. Disgusting looking body parts. Gross dental shots.
If the government has its way, the images will be placed above the brand name and cover half the space on a package of cigarettes.
Defending the government's position, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said, "When the rule takes effect, the health consequences of smoking will be obvious every time someone picks up a pack of cigarettes. This is a concrete example of how FDA's new responsibilities for tobacco-product regulation can benefit the public's health."